SAP Media Worldwide Ltd. publishes monthly magazine for Indian Photography Industry
 
 

Past Issue : September 2014

 

In this Issue

Back to Square 1x1
The fine art of still life photography
An eye for the unconventional
Flavours of Rayalaseema
Review: Nikon D810
Compositions
Understanding Metering Modes
Prismit – App Review
 
 
 
 
 

Back to Square 1x1

There was a time when camera manufacturers like Rolleiflex and Hasselblad made square format models and legends like French photojournalist Robert Doisneau and American fashion photographer Richard Avedon got the best out of them.  Later there were toy cameras like Diana and Lubitel with Square films that produced "arty” results. But the format never came to be fully accepted.
Now, in the age of digital, the square format is seeing resurgence, for both mobile and DSLR photography. This month we take a look at what exactly square format is and how it can help or hamper your images.

 
 
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The fine art of still life photography

There aren’t many photographic practices that date back further than still life photography. When photography originated initially, it was necessary for a general exposure to be long and still objects was the ideal subject matter. As the technology developed, the fascination for capturing still life has remained and is still one of the most viable photographic professions today throughout the globe. However, in our country it still has to get the exposure it really deserves. On one hand, it is an extremely lucrative business, as magazines, catalogues, websites, all require product shots. Even if it’s not required there, manufacturers these days are always on the lookout for different creative shots than the generic one’s which is quite possible with this genre of photography. There are many advantages to working with still life that are often underestimated, so hopefully you’ll be able to see its scope for creativity and get started with taking some shots yourself! 

 
 
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An eye for the unconventional

In his journey from a journalist to a photojournalist, he has evolved himself in many ways than one. From scaling the heights of Kanchenjunga, to capturing aging sex workers, he has documented an eclectic range of subjects. He was awarded the Karamveer Puraskar Award in 2010 for his photo-essays and has had his work published across the world. This month, we speak to Delhi-based photographer Sanjay Austa, and explore his world of photojournalism and documentary photography.

 
 
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Flavours of Rayalaseema

Every year during Sankranthi, which is the harvest festival in south India, happens to be the best part of the year for me to visit my hometown Amalapuram on the coastal belt of Andhra Pradesh, also called "Kerala of the East". However, this time, I decided to visit the other side of the state, my friend Jaswanth’s hometown, a small village in the Rayalaseema area called Nehru Nagar, on the banks of Krishna River, 40kms from Kurnool.

 
 
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Review: Nikon D810

In 2012, Nikon launched the D800 and D800E variant armed with a whopping 36 megapixel resolution much higher than any high-end Nikon DSLR. Though the 800 series cameras performed quite well in the imaging department, they could not match up the video capability of the Canon 5D Mark III. Nearly two and a half years later, Nikon announced the launch of the D810, a full-frame FX-format sensor with the same 36.3 megapixel resolution as its predecessors.  
The Nikon D810 boasts of a new sensor coupled with the latest EXPEED 4 image processer, similar to the D4s. Unlike its predecessor, the D810 has sensitivity of ISO 64-12800 which is extendable to ISO 32-51200 along with the much awaited 1080p video at 50p / 60p. We put Nikon’s latest entrant to the test. Read on to find out how the D810 performed in our exclusive review.

 
 
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Compositions

There are a number of established compositional guidelines which can be applied in almost any situation, to enhance the impact of a photograph. This month, we shall be taking a look at these selective tips that will help you when deciding the composition of your image.
Composing a shot is something that every photographer should think about. Appreciating the elements of a good composition will enhance your photographic work. Developing a photographic eye is something that comes naturally to some and takes time and effort for others. Read on to find out how!

 
 
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Understanding Metering Modes

Metering is a topic that many photographers who are just starting tend to not pay attention to. Most beginner photographers assume that it’s too complicated. However, the topic is actually not that difficult to understand. This month, we’ll take a look at the different metering modes and when you can them.

 
 
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Prismit – App Review

Developed by a Kuwaiti app entrepreneur named Mohammed Shanab, Prismit is a new photo editing and sharing application that allows easy image processing and a large selection of filters. PRISMIT provides an easy-to-use format where users can both edit and alter their photos using the app. It has a simple user interface that’s easy for anyone from beginner to expert. 

 
 
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